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Old 01-30-2012, 12:23 PM   #1 
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grrr.. heater only heating to 70* >:[

so i have a temporary 6 gal tank for 2 of my males. i bought a 25 watt heater that said it would heat up to 6.6 gallons to 78*. well it lied. it's only been heating up to 70. it's a preset heater, which i hate, but i was afraid if i got anything stronger that it would be much for them.

if anyone knows of a good heater for that size it would be much appreciated!
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Old 01-30-2012, 12:59 PM   #2 
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I have 50w heaters in my 2.5g tanks. Overkill? yes, but they're adjustable and work fantastic during the colder months. I suggest grabbing a 50w adjustable. hagen makes them that are fairly inexpensive. Petsuppliesplus has them, or you can grab them off of amazon.com

Here is a link to the Fluval that I bought from petsuppliesplus. http://www.amazon.com/Fluval-M-50-Wa...7950122&sr=8-2

I also run an Aqueon 50w pro. Eheim Jager's are considered one of the best adjustable heaters, but are a bit more pricey.

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Old 01-30-2012, 01:05 PM   #3 
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wow, okay thanks! :] i was just afraid it would be overall too much if i got a 50 watt. but i'm glad that it works okay! thanks!
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Old 01-30-2012, 01:08 PM   #4 
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No problem. I had used those preset heaters in the past, and they were very hit or miss. So, me being the ocd freak I am, I got tired of worrying and bought the adjustable ones.
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Old 01-30-2012, 07:03 PM   #5 
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I have the same problem. I have a preset heater that only keeps the tank to about 75 degrees F. I have the same kind in a 10 gallon and it stays at 78 to 80 -.0 So frustrated...
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Old 01-30-2012, 10:42 PM   #6 
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So basically it's just better to get adjustable heaters?
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Old 01-30-2012, 10:43 PM   #7 
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yeah.... I learned this the hard way... :( *sigh*
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Old 01-30-2012, 10:51 PM   #8 
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It's better to use a bigger heater in a small tank, than to use a small heater in a bigger tank :) I use 50W on tanks under 10g :)
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Old 01-31-2012, 10:19 AM   #9 
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There are advantages and disadvantages of using a larger adjustable heater than a small adjustable heater. A 50w heater will cycle on/off less often, thereby extending the life of the heater. Because they are usually longer, there is more water contact, allowing it to more evenly heat up the water. It can also deal with colder temps much easier than a smaller heater can.
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Old 01-31-2012, 03:36 PM   #10 
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*poofs to Amazon and Ebay* I will find you, heaters!!
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